The butchery competitions are probably the most exciting parts of Eat Real Festival (Photos from last year can be found here). Teams of butchers compete live and on stage in front of hundreds of onlookers to break meat into retail cuts in a 45-minute window. Then, a winner is chosen by a team of judges from local restaurants (This year’s judges included 4505 meats, Brown Sugar Kitchen, among others) for a bottle of fancy St. Georges gin and a trophy.
This year, three teams competed:
- The Yedra brothers and Rian Rinn from Canyon Market and Golden Gate Meat Company (Winners)
- Dave the Butcher from Marina Meats, Josh Kleinsmith from Piedmont Grocery, and Zach Gero from Shopper’s Corner in Santa Cruz
- Geritt Van den Noord and Jose ‘Pepe’ Penalona from Sonoma Direct and Adam Tiberio
More images to come in Part 4.